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Phenom II x4 970 OC Temps question

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March 25, 2012 1:11:42 AM

So I decided to tinker around and try overclocking the processor today. It's a Phenom II X4 970 with a stock speed of 3.5ghz. I took it up to 4 and ran a couple of tests. I do have the Hyper 212 Evo for a cooler.

Prime 95 for 1hr - Max Temp Hit was 49C.
Intel Burn 10 cycles - 55C Max temp on two cores, 54C on other two.

I've read that nothing is going to beat up your CPU like IntelBurn, but I'm not sure. I plan to run them both for longer tomorrow to see how it holds up over time, but based on initial impressions, I think it's stable. Thoughts?
Thanks all!
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March 25, 2012 1:16:04 AM

Initial thoughts, you got it, just make sure you run your tests for multiple hours to make sure the CPU stands up, but it looks great so far, even the 55 is low on the grand scale...
March 25, 2012 1:21:52 AM

scottiemedic said:
Initial thoughts, you got it, just make sure you run your tests for multiple hours to make sure the CPU stands up, but it looks great so far, even the 55 is low on the grand scale...


Awesome! Thanks for the reply. Do you recommend prime 95 or Intel Burn? I'll start one when I head to the gym tomorrow.
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March 25, 2012 1:24:49 AM

I like Prime cause you can set it and let it just run and run. Let it go all day some day when you're home (like 10/12 hours).
March 25, 2012 1:47:00 AM

Sounds good. Is there anything I need to worry about running it unattended? As you can tell, I'm new to this :) 

I'm guessing if it did crash, it'd BSOD and I'd see it upon my return. I just want to make sure I'm not going to bake it! By the way, I really appreciate the help. I've been studying up, but it is still nerve racking for a first timer
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March 25, 2012 2:17:21 AM

If your processor gets way too hot the computer will shut down. I wouldn't worry about it. Or if you get an error in stability some of the cores will stop running. when it happens to me i notice the temps dont get as intense when one or more cores are not working.
March 25, 2012 2:40:27 AM

Thank you.

So, I just decided to spin up BF3 and it shut down shortly after. The temps looked fine, and it was running SUPER smooth up until it happened. I'm assuming this is tied to the OC. I closed out after it crashed, pulled up chrome to search for failure symptoms and every window crashed as well. I just dropped it to 3.9 and going to see if that fixes it. I can only assume the two are related. Thoughts? Strange that the temps seemed fine.
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March 25, 2012 2:52:46 AM

Well whats the voltage you set it to, more info on your overclock settings would be helpful!
March 25, 2012 3:03:12 AM

The voltage is still at stock, I haven't touched it. Wanted to see how far I could get without adjusting that. Are you thinking it doesn't have enough juice to stay stable?

3.9 is running BF3 with monitoring software beautifully by the way
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